Legendary punk rocker Iggy Pop has revealed why Jack White came close to working on an album by Pop’s iconic band, The Stooges, but ultimately sabotaged the deal. According to Classic Rock, Pop said in a previously unreleased interview with author Steve Miller that he and White had discussed the possibility, but that Pop wanted White to work on a few tracks while White insisted on producing the entire set.
Pop recalled, “I heard he wanted to do it and I thought that could work in the group’s favor for a couple of reasons, but I didn’t want to do a whole record, I just wanted to do a few tracks. So I offered him a few tracks and Jack being Jack, said, ‘Well I don’t want to do that, I want to do a whole thing.’ At one point I felt I was just about ready to do it and we were having a conversation and the last thing he had to say was, ‘Okay, I’ll call you up when I have time.'”
- Pop added, “I put down the phone and part of me was like, ‘F*** you kid.’”
- Pop’s record label pressured the Stooges to hire White as their producer, but the band did not give in.
- White told us a while back about his approach toward making records:
- “I think when you go into a studio and then you can record on a computer and record 600 tracks and all that jazz, you open yourself up to way too much opportunity to spend seven months on a record and spend two million dollars making it. That’s not exactly, you know, John Lee Hooker recording a record, you know. I’d rather aim towards that soulfulness than to this computerized perfection.”
- In addition to producing all the White Stripes albums as well as his solo records and his work with the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, White has produced songs or albums from Loretta Lynn, Whirlwind Heat, Wanda Jackson,Jerry Lee Lewis and others.
- White will release his second solo offering, Lazaretto, on Tuesday (June 10th). He will perform Tuesday night at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.